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The Future of Liberalism: Nature Abhors a Vacuum

When did we get to this point? I mean, look at the Republican Klown Kar for a clue. At some point, when everyone thinking of running actually throws their pointy little hat into the ring, we will have the richest vein of comedic gold in American history, and absolutely no …

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Help Create a Network of Progressives for Common Sense

You can really tell who the professional left are these days. While the rest of us are seeing things like what’s happened in Baltimore… and New York… and Chicago… and Ferguson… and trying to learn how we can make a difference in the world, pro lefties are all over Bernie …

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The Future of the US Lies in Labor Unions

I’ve pointed out in great detail in a number of other posts that the United States is nowhere near broke. Despite the best efforts of the Republican Party, we are still the richest nation in the world, and the dollar is still the most stable currency in the world economy. …

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Why Hillary Bashing is a Stupid Idea

I am a progressive. If you don’t agree with that assessment of me, well, you have a problem, not me. But that’s not what this is about. I have to admit that I am a little worried about much of what I hear and read coming from liberals about Hillary …

Crap Cutting 101

GOP Partisanship Has Truly Jumped the Shark

What the Republican Party is doing these days with regard to foreign policy is nothing short of disgusting, and it is, dare I say, “un-American.” I know, many people hate that term, and I’m one of them, but sometimes it fits. The federal government is supposed to protect the people …

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Exceptionalism, My Ass!

I’m so tired of abject morons always droning on about “American Exceptionalism,” I actually want to barf every time I hear it. Do you know what we’re exceptional at? We are amazing at talking about our incredible greatness at a time when we do pretty much nothing great as a …

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Distractions Like These are Killing Us

I posted yesterday about the danger of looking at the shiny keys; things right wingers do that get us all upset and hot and bothered, but which mean absolutely nothing in reality. The problem is, while we’re so busy occupying ourselves with crap, we’re not getting a progressive message out …

Crap Cutting 101

The Peril of the Shiny Keys

The reason I started this blog in the first place, and called it “Please Cut the Crap” was because I wanted to do something a little different, and I will (hopefully) continue to do something different with the network I have planned. Instead of screaming about the “outrage of the …

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How Progressives Can Make Actual Progress

Why do so many self-described “progressives” not seem to notice that we’ve been standing outside the political fence for about a half-century? The PUBs (Progressive Unicorn Brigade) and professional left seem to like standing outside and shouting at those inside. What’s stranger is, they seem to think the people inside …

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Ridding the Internet of Trolls

I started opining about politics on the Internet about 1995, which means I’m just about to mark 20 years of putting my opinions out there. I’ve gotten better at it in recent years. Back when I first started, I said a lot of shit I probably shouldn’t have. I didn’t …

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Professional Lefties Should Stop Patting Themselves on the Back

There is an article on Salon right now that demonstrates just how clueless the professional left is. I have generally been a fan of “Digby” for years, but Heather Digby Parton suffers from the same tunnel vision that plagues most of our loudest voices on the left. She sees things …

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Now, About This “Both Parties Are the Same” BS…

I really don’t understand why so many people who claim the title “Political Junkie” seem to think implying or saying that both parties are the same is a sign of intelligence, or some sort of political savvy. It’s actually a sign that you’re not really paying attention. Oh, I know… …

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Civil Discourse Includes Calling Out Lies

I know this will confuse some folks out there, but if you were to meet me, I’m genuinely one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I’m not mean and nasty to people who deserve to have someone put a foot up their ass. If any of you knew what …

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Have 47 Republican Senators Committed a Crime? Yep.

How do I put this… I have repeatedly proven that the Republican Party is a bunch of incompetent boobs, who don’t really care about you. I’ve implied many times that they are somewhat un-American in their approach, although when it comes to calling someone “un-American” I tend to hold back …

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What Are Americans’ Values, Exactly?

I know it seems a bit jingoistic to say, but this truly is “my country, right or wrong.” The key words there are “or wrong.” The reason I protest or write columns about things I feel are wrong is because I love America and Americans. I don’t complain about things …

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Put The Progressive Messaging Machine Back on the Rails

There have been so many potentially game-changing moments for the progressive movement over the last few decades, but the game never actually changes. The fact of the matter is, the progressive movement has largely been toothless for more than a generation because we let opportunities slip away because they don’t meet our …

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Saint Reagan Really Wasn’t Even a Good President

There is recently yet another round of right-wing lionization of Saint Ronald of Reagan going on as we speak. (No, I will not tell you where it’s happening. It’s not worth the pain and suffering.) It’s puzzling, really. Not only do they lie about the few decent things he did …

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Liberals, here’s our chance, if we don’t blow it…

I wonder how many liberals realize the opportunity we have right now to re-shape the politics of this country into something we can live with? All we really have to do is to kick the Republican Party out of office; and if you look around you, that shouldn’t be hard …

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What’s the Difference? Religious Extremism is Always Wrong

Last week, at the National Prayer Breakfast President Obama said something that probably should have been said years ago. Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a significant segment of this country’s population and its leadership have been allowed to express a religious bigotry that is nothing less than shameful. With the …

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Progressives: Watch Your Mouths!

For a group of people as seemingly obsessed with the use of language and memes as the professional left pretends to be, they don’t seem to do it very well. They liberally (pun intended) sprinkle their language with many phrases and terms we really should have stopped using a long …

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